Rather Not


Although I don't watch TV news, I'm happy to see that both Dan Rather and Tom Brokaw are moving on. The Economist opines that these retirements are further signs that the old media are being replaced by something altogether more diverse:

The erosion of the old media establishment probably does entail some shift to the right, if only because so many of the newer voices are more reliably pro-Republican than Mr Rather. But the new media are simply too anarchic and subversive for any single political faction to take control of them....

Mr Rather's passing does not mean that the liberal orthodoxy is about to give way to a new conservative one. It means that all orthodoxies are being chewed up by a voraciously unpredictable news media, which is surely all to the good.

Hear, hear!

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